Insect and Bug ID forum: Wasp and Spider

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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Sep 14, 2017 8:38 AM CST
I caught this little drama out of the corner of my eye the other day. I *think* the spider is a run-of-the-mill "wolf spider" while I think the spider is a "Spider Wasp". It appears that the female wasp does the spider-kidnapping. I have no idea how far the wasp had already dragged the spider but after I started watching it it dragged it another 50-feet before I stopped following it!!! Amazing!!! Here is a photo and a link to a short youtube video I thought I'd share...the photo is a zoomed in shot off my phone so isn't the best....the video has better quality.

https://youtu.be/4ZYoktrOGNQ

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Sep 17, 2017 9:39 PM CST
About 5 years ago, I was witness to the same sight. I heard a rustling in the leaves in one of the beds. I looked closer and saw the wasp grappling with the spider. I didn't see the sting but the spider got pretty quiet and was dragged off. Pretty incredible.

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